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Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine - Damon Tweedy
Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine
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One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black AmericansWhen Damon Tweedy begins medical school,he envisions a bright future where his segregated, working-class background will become largely irrelevant. Instead, he... show more
One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black AmericansWhen Damon Tweedy begins medical school,he envisions a bright future where his segregated, working-class background will become largely irrelevant. Instead, he finds that he has joined a new world where race is front and center. The recipient of a scholarship designed to increase black student enrollment, Tweedy soon meets a professor who bluntly questions whether he belongs in medical school, a moment that crystallizes the challenges he will face throughout his career. Making matters worse, in lecture after lecture the common refrain for numerous diseases resounds, "More common in blacks than whites." Black Man in a White Coat examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. As Tweedy transforms from student to practicing physician, he discovers how often race influences his encounters with patients. Through their stories, he illustrates the complex social, cultural, and economic factors at the root of most health problems in the black community. These issues take on greater meaning when Tweedy is himself diagnosed with a chronic disease far more common among black people. In this powerful, moving, and deeply empathic book, Tweedy explores the challenges confronting black doctors, and the disproportionate health burdens faced by black patients, ultimately seeking a way forward to better treatment and more compassionate care.
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250044631 (1250044634)
ASIN: 1250044634
Publisher: Picador
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
4.0 An eye-opening look at one doctor's experience in medicine.
I read this to knock off the "Four Worlds" step for the Goodreads challenge. It has the word "White" in the title. I thought this would be solely a book of the author's time as a doctor, but it's actually a lot more. From his experiences as a medical student to a doctor, to his time in treating pa...
Merle
Merle rated it
4.5 Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy
Lately I have been reading a number of books about medicine and about race in America, so this one hit a sweet spot for me, although I am neither African-American nor in the medical field. But this book is particularly good, as a memoir, as it deals with medicine and medical training, and as it deal...
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